By Michael Dolinger
As a former President of Delta Kappa Epsilon, I am very concerned with the administration of sanctions and discipline regarding Greek Life.
It is a stark deviation from the tenets instilled while I was a student and active Interfraternity Council (IFC) member.
After arriving at Union College, the new Director of Greek Life Sunni Solomon II said that he would “allow for greater relationship building, increased leadership development opportunities, and the creation of a cohesive Greek Community”.
In one of his first opportunities to take action on his own mission statement, Mr. Solomon chose to completely skip the IFC judicial process, ignore the involvement of the Greek community, and become the judge, jury, and executioner.
Instead of working to build student leaders, he decided it would be better to sanction a fraternity until they can no longer exist.
Why, you might ask? Several alumni visited their old chapter house in the beginning of the school year and brought beer to the house. The beer they brought violated the new alcohol policy. That’s it.
In turn, Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity was slapped with nine points, one years probation, and the loss of their house starting in the winter term indefinitely.
The fraternity had no other violations during the academic year and recently received their renewal in good standing.
Then these sanctions were handed down without due process, and without fair warning or proper communication with any Greek members of the student body.
When I was a student, I was able to grow and become a leader because I had the opportunity to learn from my mistakes. I am a better person now because of it.
These current students are not being afforded that opportunity. As a result, a man who compares his guiding philosophy to that of a driver’s education teacher is robbing students of their education.
The question is, how long will it be before he gets scared and attempts to press the “emergency brake” on Greek Life as a whole?
Michael Dolinger ‘10,